The big subject of the Phillies off season is Jayson Werth. The Phillies don’t have the financial funding to give Werth a large contract, but still have a knack for him and want to resign him. The Phillies also have Domonic Brown the young right fielder, that most think is not quite ready to handle an every day job. Brown has a bright future, but still may need time to learn how to hit major league pitching. In this blog post, we look at possible replacements, the Phillies could acquire via trade or free agency.
No big surprise here. The Phillies are going to offer Jayson Werth arbitration. Werth is a Type A free agent, therefor the Phillies would receive two draft picks if he were to sign with another team. In other moves…
- The Phillies brought in left hander Dan Meyer on a minor league deal. Meyer has pitched on the Marlins among other teams.
- Hall of Fame second basemen Ryne Sandberg has a agreed to manage the Phillies triple-A team in Lehigh Valley. Sandberg left the Cubs organization after being frustrated about not being offered the manager position.
- Former second basemen Mickey Morandini will coach the Phillies Single-A team in Clearwater.
- The Phillies added multiple players to the 40 man roster including Justin DeFratus and Freddy Galvis. The most notable player left off the roster is Joe Savery. The Phillies are in the middle of converting him into a first basemen.
- The Phillies will not offer Type B free agent Chad Durbin arbitration.
Here’s the rundown on the latest Phillies news…
- Congratulations to Roy Halladay, who recently won the 2010 Cy Young Award. He pitched dominantly this season. He put up 21 wins 219 strikeouts and a 2.44 ERA.
- The Phillies and Jose Contreras finalized a two year contract discussed in one of our other posts. Contreras will get 5.5m, along with some incentives he may earn. The Phillies hold a club option for 2013.
- It has been rumored that, the Phillies are discussing a trade with the Chicago White Sox. This trade would send outfielder Carlos Quentin to the Phillies. Quentin, along with Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Domonic Brown, and Ben Francisco would fill at the outfield, with John Mayberry waiting closely in the wings.
- David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Phils GM Ruben Amaro jr (RAJ) reiterated that he does not have a firm payroll limit. The Phillies have over 140m invested in the players they currently have. We’ll see what happens there.
- Nothing has came out of Jayson Werth camp, looks like he and other top dogs, Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee will wait to sign after the winter meetings.
The Phillies have signed veteran journeyman Pete Orr to a minor league deal. Orr has served at second base,third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions. He should provide Lehigh Valley and maybe eventually the Phillies, (once Rollins goes down, it’s only a matter of time) some flexibility. Orr hit .264 with 12 home runs and 32 doubles, playing with the Nationals AAA club.
- A close source to the Phillies says there is about a 0 percent chance Jayson Werth returns.
- Ruben Amaro jr. has been working agressively to resign Jose Contreras.
- The Phillies have contacted about 40 free agents, most of them left handed relievers.
- Jeff Francouer has hit free agency, he could be a player the Phils go after.
Just around this time every year we all get to writing about who should win what and why and who got ripped off. Now I’m not starting this way to tell you I’m about to do something entirely different, because that would not be true. Here are my rumblings and grumblings.